KEY PIECES EVERY WARDROBE NEEDS

You know that feeling where you find yourself staring at your closet wondering what to wear? To solve problem I decided to break my style item's into core items around which I can build multiple outfits. I choose items that would work in every season and also make for a great core wardrobe for those weekend getaways when looking sharp is a necessity, and since I'm doing lot of those this days.

When you look at these items, you may be tempted to say, “Where are the black shoes?” or “What about a white V-neck t-shirt?” Yes, i didn’t include EVERY item needed because I already have a few staples in my closet. But I found that the items below are ones that are sometimes overlooked in favour of something trendier. For me, these items are the ones that make getting dressed so much easier. And, isn’t that what we all want?

1. Black (blue)-and-white horizontally striped shirt
A black (blue)-and-white striped shirt is a classic look that is always fresh — and it’s a wardrobe multiplier. What I mean is that it can give a whole new look to some other wardrobe items. Take any patterned pant or skirt — as long as its black, blue or white, it will likely work paired with this shirt. Tuck it in, wear a blazer over it, layer it under a chambray shirt or pair it with a long chiffon skirt and strappy sandals for a dressy/casual look. This shirt will be one you go for time and time again.
 


Blogger Miss Moss posted this to Instagram as an example of just some of the striped shirts she has. The point is that these shirts are super useful, and once you have one you’ll realize that you may want more with different necklines, wider or more narrow stripes, more black, blue or white as the background … but you’ll never regret the purchase of this striped shirt! Image: Miss Moss

Here you can see how versatile this type of shirt is. Pair with a patterned skirt (image 1), with an army green vest (image 2), with a pink tulle skirt for a dressy look (image 3), with a jean jacket and olive chinos (image 4) or with a long, black maxi skirt and leopard skinny belt (image 5). Plain and simple: you need one or two or three, but at least one!

2. White button-down blouse
Untucked with jeans or shorts for a Saturday brunch, or tucked into a skirt for a workday outfit, nothing compares to the classic white blouse. Tie it, tuck it, untuck it or wear it over a cami unbuttoned, it always works. The key is to find one that fits you perfectly. It’s worth trying on many and finding the one that fits you just right across the shoulders and the bust. After that, make sure the sleeves are long enough and consider getting alterations if needed as the money spent is worth it — you will wear this shirt nonstop!

The white button-down blouse is paired nicely, tied up, with a midi-skirt (image 1), at a casual Saturday at a game (image 2), dressed up with jeans and heels (image 3), tucked into a skirt for a look perfect for work (image 4) or even made into gala attire (image 5).

3. Chambray button-down
This shirt is one of my friend favourite go-to look. Pair it with white jeans, gray jeans, a dark denim skirt, a dressy skirt, a tulle skirt, with a suit, with grey dress pants. I’m not sure what this shirt doesn’t go with! Find one that isn’t too thick or too bulky. You may end up wanting a few as the different washes are fun to play with. And, yes, a good denim shirt can be used in the same way, just be careful it isn’t too "ye-haw"! Western.

From a printed skirt (images 1) to a pair of dark jeans (image2) to leather leggings (image 3), a chambray button-down is your best friend. It’s immediately comfortable, and the colour is flattering on all.

4. Camel blazer
Yes, a black blazer is amazing. But, we wear our black jeans so much in the winter and white jeans so much in the summer that the camel blazer is just perfect year-round as something to be worn with the aforementioned jeans as well as with a gray, navy or black dress without it looking too dark. The best of both worlds is to have black, camel and white blazers, but if I had to choose one that most women need, likely don’t have and will be worn time and time again, it’s the camel blazer.

Note that this collage brings in the black-and-white striped top, a white button-down, a chambray button-down (our next must have item!). You can wear your camel blazer casually, professionally or even belted Images from top left clockwise: Stitch Fix, J Crew, J’s Everyday Fashion, StylePantry, Glam Radar.

5. Black pencil or A-line skirt
A black skirt is a must-have, hands down. It’s the go-to skirt that you can pair with a t-shirt and jean jacket on the weekends, or with a black blouse and heels for a night out, or with a white button-down (or chambray!) top depending on what your work dress code is. The pencil skirt is a classic look, but it can be hard for some women to wear as plenty of us (me included!) are simply wider across the thighs than the hips. If that is you, an A-line works well — and allows you to leave the Spanx in the drawer!


A black skirt that hits at the knee (or just above or just below, depending on your preference) is a MUST! Images: left, right.

6. Dark rinse jeans
While ankle skinny jeans are still a favorite of many (i get it you never need to worry about your hem length with skinny jeans!), a dark pair of bootcut jeans (with no whiskering and no holes) are flattering on everyone and round up this list as a must-have. You can wear them dressed up in a way that other jeans just can’t accomplish. Yes, you can have all the other jeans, but just make sure these must-haves are always on-hand. On those days that you can’t decide what to wear, consider these your default choice.
 

Darks jeans just polish you off in a way that lighter rinse or torn jeans just can’t do. Images: left, center, right.